No one plans on being involved in a car accident. However, it is essential to know what to do after being in an accident, and one of those things is filing an accident case with the help of an attorney. In this article, Stillman & Friedland will answer a few commonly asked questions regarding filing a car accident case:
When Should You Call a Car Accident Lawyer?
Even if you are still at the accident scene, you should speak with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You could feel terrified, perplexed, agitated, or even hurt after an accident. However, this could be a crucial time to gather information and pay attention to your surroundings. It can be very beneficial for your claim for damages if you can contact a vehicle accident lawyer immediately from the scene of the collision. Your lawyer can guide you on what to do, what to say (or not say), and who to speak to (or not speak to).
How Do You Establish Who Caused a Car Accident?
When you meet with your lawyer, you will discuss who is at fault in the accident. In some situations, finding who is at fault is clear. For instance, a drunk driver is to blame if that driver were to run a red light and hit the back of a stopped car. However, finding fault is not always easy.
There is no formula for calculating the percentage of fault that belongs to each party. That depends on the case’s specifics and how well you can prove the other party’s liability. This is why it’s crucial to have a skilled accident lawyer on your side who understands how to gather pertinent evidence, spot negligence, and prove liability to a jury.
When Should You File a Claim Following a Car Accident?
Every state establishes a deadline by which you must file your auto accident claim to be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The legal term for this is “statute of limitations.” You can learn more about the Tennessee Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws here.
If you and your attorney have sufficient proof to back up your claim, filing your claim as soon as possible is essential. The more recent the accident was, the better people tend to remember the details of their situation. As time passes, witnesses move away, memories fade, and insurance companies are less likely to agree to a fair settlement.
Why You Should Have A Car Accident Attorney On Your Side
The process of making an automobile accident claim involves many crucial elements. Here are just a few reasons why having Stillman & Friedland on your side is beneficial:
- Knowing what to do immediately following a car accident.
- Understanding why police reports are important.
- Understanding how to determine who was accountable.
- Knowing how to submit a claim.
- Understanding how to approach insurance providers.
- Understanding how to how to prove damages and injuries.
See our Car Accidents page to learn more about what compensation your are entitled to in Tennessee, what to do immediately after a car accident, determining who is to blame, do’s and don’ts, and more.
The experts at Stillman & Friedland can help you in filing a car accident case. If you have been involved in an accident and suffered injuries due to someone else’s aggressive driving, contact our office for a FREE and confidential consultation, and we will evaluate your case at no charge. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no cost unless compensation has been obtained through a settlement or verdict.
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